Fall color in your garden

Your Garden 09-03-16

(NEWS CENTER) -- Can you believe it's Labor Day weekend. It's been a great summer. But it's time to let go of it just a little bit. It's Fall folks. Tom Estabrook of Estabrook's in Yarmouth says it's not too late to plant. He likes to take perennials, plant them in containers, and them plant them in the ground before winter. That way you will have them for next year.
 
Mums are king in the fall. But Tom suggests buying Mums that are only 10-20 in bloom.
That will give you longevity. You can also stage your Mums with  early, mid and late  season varieties. They will not come back next year.
 
But these perennials will:
Coral Bells:
Provide a nice texture in containers.
Ornamental grasses:
Some add height, others, like  Hakonechola, trail down the container.
Coreopsis:
There are a ton of new varieties. Tom likes  Enchanted Eye. They will bloom for a long time.
Astors:
Cabbage and Kale.  You will get some yellowing of the leaves. Just pick them off. As the frost gets bigger they turn brighter colors.
Marigolds:
They are very frost hardy, and great orange color for fall.
Echibecki:
A cross between  Echinacea and Rubeckia. These are not hearty. They are an annual in Maine to Zone six.

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